End of the World, The
1. The Exhausted Sun – 5:35
2. Bullet Train to Hell – 2:50
3. After Afterlife – 5:15
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None discovered thus far.
Written during the blistering, record-breaking heat wave of summer 2011, The End of the World was inspired, in some part, by the notorious cataclysmic end-of-the-world prophecy of Nostradamus (scheduled for late December 2012) and the Mayan calendar’s end-of-time prediction (also, according to some, on the immediate horizon). The primary source of inspiration, however, was the great earthquake and tsunami that leveled much of northern Japan in March 2011. My original plan was for a “serious” Nostradamus-related piece, but fate interceded: As I began work on the music in spring 2011, I was heartbroken by the fear, disbelief and sadness on the face of my Japanese wife, composer/pianist Miho Sasaki, as she sat paralyzed by her emotions, watching televised images of her homeland’s devastation. So my piece took its shape and inspiration from this disaster.
At the end of the day (or the end of the world), doomsday predictions are ephemeral, but Japan’s 3/11/11 cataclysm will have a profound international impact on generations to come. Besides, as I spoke with one of the consortium directors about my Nostradamus vs. Japan dilemma, it dawned on me that both subjects might very likely produce a similar score -- so I chose to just embrace it all and seek the optimistic “substance after shadows” (Shinto prayer) for resolution.
As old Nostradamus's predictions have come and gone without incident, and the Japanese people have (once again) picked themselves up from the ashes and resiliently moved on, now my piece may take on more universal considerations: perhaps reflecting on each listener’s personal experience(s) with the loss of important persons, places, or things.
The End of the World is a commission from a consortium group of 35 university and professional symphonic bands / wind ensembles from across the U.S. and abroad. In December 2012, selected from over 80 international entries, The End of the World was awarded the 2012 National Band Association "William D. Revelli Composition Prize".
- Program Note by composer
- National Band Association/William D. Revelli Composition Prize, 2012, winner
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- University of Connecticut (Storrs) Wind Ensemble (Vu Nguyen, conductor) – 14 November 2019
- Indiana University Wind Ensemble (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor) - 5 November 2013
- University of Louisiana at Lafayette Wind Ensemble (William Hochkeppel, conductor) – 28 March 2012
- Indiana Wind Symphony (Charles Conrad, conductor) - 30 October 2011
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Cliffhanger March (1984)
- Contraband (1990)
- El Salon Medico (1990)
- The End of the World (2011)
- Extraction on No. 9 (2013)
- A Far Cry from Fairview (2019)
- Fear Strikes Out (2014)
- Guttersnipe (1994)
- Hangover Hotel (2020)
- Invocation (1989)
- King Ubu (1980)
- O Magma Mysterium (2015)
- Prayer (2004/2011)
- Seven Steps from Hell (1985)
- When Hell Freezes Over (1995)